293: A mystery solvedPosted: July 13, 2011
It is a gorgeous summer day here in the Bogs. The sun is shining, the sky is mostly blue with just a few puffy white clouds floating by for contrast, and the temperature and humidity have dropped. It’s in the upper 70s today instead of the 90s of the past few days. Relief! This is the kind of day that could make me fall in love with summer. I’m still not quite there yet, but it’s getting closer.
Remember the skull on a stick I found in the woods? (See Getting Freaky in the Woods if you don’t remember or you missed it.) Shortly after I discovered the skull sculpture, I found a chair sitting by the creek. It was getting curiouser and curiouser until our neighbor stopped by and solved the mystery.
Our neighbors have a grandson who likes to fish. His grandson has a friend he hangs out with who also likes to fish. Being boys, they also like to tramp around in the woods, having adventures and looking for treasure. A skull, of course, is a major discovery. Putting it on a stick is a work of honor and art. The boys have occasionally, piece by piece, been bringing things into the woods with them, such as the chair pictured in the first photograph. It’s summer. They’re having fun settling in and creating their own little magical world in the woods and by the creek.
Because our pond needs to be fished, the boys are now well established fishermen here and have been coming by 3-4 days a week (sometimes more, sometimes less). They started out with just their fishing poles. Now they bring chairs, buckets, and a cooler. The cooler isn’t for the fish. It’s filled with food and drinks to sustain them as they work hard trying to catch fish. Another friend tagged along today so there are three boys out there fishing the pond. They have been having great luck this afternoon, catching quite a few fish. As I was out for my walk one of the boys caught a good-sized bass. He was a hero to all (except the bass, of course).
Sandy, whose face is a little overexposed because she insisted on keeping it in the sunlight while she cooled the rest of her body in the creek, is the neighbor’s dog. She comes over to our place to visit often. Sandy is a good old dog. Very sweet. She has a doggie version of Alzheimer’s, poor thing, and has a hard time remembering how to get home. She followed me down into the woods today and went for a swim. I stayed put for a while because I know that she’ll follow me, and she seemed to really be enjoying herself in the creek.
Eventually I had to leave the woods because I have lots of things to do. Sandy, as expected, followed me out. I returned her to her boy (the neighbor’s grandson). It was nice to have her company while I was back in the woods. Knowing Sandy has made me think about finding a dog of my own. Someday.
The Goodyear Blimp came by today, too. It’s been quite a busy day here at Breezy Acres, what with all the visitors. The blimp came by this morning while I was eating my breakfast. I didn’t have my glasses on at the time and I saw what looked like a big Mickey Mouse head in the distance.
Well, it’s hard to find in this shot since it’s so far off in the distance. It’s to the right and looks like a speck of dark in between some clouds. It doesn’t look a Mickey Mouse head at all, something I discovered when I found my glasses and put them on. Sometimes putting my glasses on is a disappointment. A big Mickey Mouse head (in the form of a hot air balloon) would have been more fun. Not that I don’t enjoy seeing the blimp. I always run outside and take a few photos when it appears on our horizon.
I found a new dragonfly today, too. It’s a green one. I really should learn to identify these creatures now that I’m spending so much time with them.
You might be thinking, “What happened to the shorter posts promised yesterday?” This IS shorter. Only ten photos instead of the usual fifteen or more. Hopefully I’ll learn how to make them even shorter. Change takes time. Or a lack of time, in this case.